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Life In Essence Is Learning

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It never stops amazing me how much a baby or a child learns in one short year.

Make no mistakes, mum is learning with him or her. Maybe not that fast, but she is forced by life to learn the meaning of her baby’s cries and read his or her many signs.

When the child is playing, she is actually learning. Learning how to touch, learning how to balance herself or an object, learning from the different sinarios she is playing out.

I have noticed that children LOVE to discover new things, LOVE adventures, LOVE to learn, LOVE to play and as long as they are permitted to progress in their own peace, they keep the love of learning.

It’s only us, adoults who sort of lost our sence of fun about learning. Yet as mother and as an adoult, we are learning too, every day. But some people, as they get older and older, think they can’t learn anymore. This is just not true. One learns something new every day, but he or she has to notice it first. If I were to ask you, what did you learn today, I’m sure you could name a thing or two.

Every day is filled with opportunities to learn something new! Life is all about learning. The quality of our life shows how good student of life are we.

Good Things Are Happening Every Day

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There are countless things around us each and every day that we could be happy about, if we just notice them. The smile of your children, their first achievement in something, the fact that you have a smart husband, exactly that kind of a man you always wished for. The lunch or dinner you’ve cooked and it turned out to be really yummy; the plants in your veggie garden that are growing nicely; and the first delicious home grown strawberry you’ve just picked. Knowing that you have a secure job, that you have talent, that you have two legs and two arms, that you are healthy – are all reasons to be happy about.

There are many things that are right or has been done right in day to day life. The question is are we keeping our attention on these or we put attention on the bad news from the TV and the radio, on things that has been done wrongly in life, and listening to the ideas that negative people are plying us with? It is easy to sink down into a miserable feeling if we can’t see anything else but the bad things around us.

However the good news is; that you can control your feelings and you can choose to feel happy, even if everything looks doom and gloom.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.” – Helen Keller

There are always more good things in life, than bad ones, and you will find that the more you keep your attention on the good things, the more good things you will find around you.

It may take a bit of practice to start noticing the good things when you are feeling unhappy. Remember, you have a choice! Why would you choose to feel miserable?

If you only have to do a little bit of a mental exercise and start to count up the good things around you in order to feel happier, can you force yourself to do it? Of course you can!

When you do it every day, soon it becomes a habit. When you have the habit of keeping your attention on the things that have been done right, on the success of yours and your loved ones, on the smile of the people around you, noticing that life is beautiful, than you will not only feel happy but you will attract even more things to your life that will make you happier and as commonly agreed upon healthier as well.

Day by day you can start feeling happier and happier and achieve more and more success in life.

Isn’t it what we all strive for?

 

My Top Three Ways To Save Money

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In a lot of families dad makes the money and it is Mom’s duty to ensure that his pay goes a long way.

Mom is at home, so she has time to pay all the bills, to do most of the purchases of food, household items and to buy the necessary clothing. Does it sounds familiar?

When the family relies on one income, it is quite a task to provide all that necessary without the use of a credit card, and going into debt.

Here are my top three ways to easily save a considerable amount of money:

  • When I’m planning to buy electronics, furniture or pricier items, and I have an exact product in mind, I do a search on the internet and find at least three different retailers and compare their prices. Instead of just walking into Harvey Norman, first I check out their website and the website of Goodguys and any other local retailers. Than I know which sells item I want for the best price and it often can be a huge difference.Depending on the item, I check out Ebay and if the item is not too large and heavy and the postage is not too high, I buy it online. I found it to be cheaper to get my beauty products from Ebay. (Set up your Ebay search to show the listings by price lower to higher.)

 

  •  Many times I buy used items. I ask myself: do I need this item to be brand new or a used one will do the job? I needed a cloths dryer. My son was 2,5 years old and going through toilet training = lots of dirty pants and undies. It’s winter with lots of rainy days and it took long time for the cloths to dry. I realized that I do need a dryer now even if it won’t be very frequently used in the rest of the year. I have been able to pick up a dryer in perfect working condition from Gumtree for ¼ of the price of a new one. Gumtree is a great place to get bargains. I got a brand new bread-maker a few years ago for half price, the lady who sold it, got it as a present and she already had one. She sold it as she did not needed it.I used to pick up kids clothes new or used from Gumtree or Ebay for bargain price as well. Kids needs lots of clothes but they are growing them out quickly and more often than not, the second hand clothes are still in pretty good nick.

 

  •  I have started to pay off a little bit more than the minimum payments each time I’m paying our car loan. How does it saves me money? By having to pay less interest. I have calculated that by doing this I’m saving around $500 this year. If you have a loan, you can save on interest payable just by paying off 20% more each time than your minimum payments. That 20% extra will lessens your principal and can save you hundreds or thousands in compounding interest over the years.

There are many more ways to save and I will share a few more ideas in my next post.

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